Bonnie and Clyde
[Text] Bonnie & Clyde’s Letter to Ford Saying They Love His Cars

“While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make…”

Notorious American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow–known together as Bonnie and Clyde–died on May 23, 1934 in Henry Ford’s V8-powered Model B shot by four Texas officers. Ford allegedly received a letter from Barrow, a month before his death, that expressed Barrow’s admiration for the V8-powered Model B. The letter:

Source: Tyler Davies.

Source: Tyler Davies & Letters of Note.

Tulsa Okla
10th April
Mr. Henry Ford
Detroit Mich.

Dear Sir: -

While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got every other car skinned and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8 -

Yours truly
Clyde Champion Barrow


The site where Barrow and Parker were ambushed with their Ford V8-powered Model B. (May 23, 1934). Source: FBI.

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